The Second Shooter (Paperback)

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The Second Shooter (Paperback)


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A perception-twisting scifi thriller by a critically acclaimed author.

Sometimes, the truth is weirder than the conspiracy theories.

“There was video of the second shooter. There was video.”

In the first reports of every mass shooting, there’s always mention of a second shooter—two sets of gunshots, a figure seen fleeing the scene—and they always seem to evaporate as events are pieced together.

Commissioned by a fringe publisher to investigate the phenomenon, journalist Mike Karras finds himself tailed by drones, attacked by a talk radio host, badgered by his all-knowing (and maybe all-powerful) editor, and teaming up with an immigrant family of conspiracy buffs.

Together, they uncover something larger and stranger than anyone could imagine—a technomystical plot to ‘murder America.’

Time for Karras to meet his deadline.
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Move Under Ground, I Am Providence and Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy,, and dozens of other venues. Much of the last decade's short fiction was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an editor and anthologist: he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow, the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan with Masumi Washington, and the hybrid fiction/cocktail title Mixed Up with Molly Tanzer. His short fiction, non-fiction, novels, and editorial work have variously been nominated for the Hugo, Shirley Jackson, Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards. Nick currently lives in Oakland, California.
Product Details ISBN: 9781781089262
ISBN-10: 1781089264
Publisher: Solaris
Publication Date: November 11th, 2021
Pages: 400
Language: English
"A smart, scary, mind-boggling ride."
— Publishers Weekly

"The Second Shooter is a sublime, clever and humorous dive into the murky waters of human perception and existence in a USA where nothing is real anymore." -- Starburst
— Starburst Magazine

"Mamatas offers plenty of scathing commentary on gun violence and misuse of social media in a novel that is both smart and topical" -- Financial Times
— The Financial Times

"A very thoughtful, funny and often exciting book." -- SFX Magazine
— SFX Magazine

"An entertaining thriller, amusing and disturbing by turns in its depiction of contemporary American obsessions." -- The Guardian
— The Guardian